Mike's Rifts - Buying & Delivery Of Our Tanganyikan & Malawi Cichlids
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Buying Tanganyikan & Malawi Cichlids
Mike's Rifts is a fully licenced pet trader and operates from home premises.
Visits and viewings of our Tanganyikan and Malawi cichlids can be arranged beforehand for a mutually suitable time and we are available 7 days a week including most evenings.
If you cannot visit to pick up stock then we can arrange for fish to be shipped to you. Enquiries can be made via email, telephone or even private message via facebook. Once you have decided what fish you would like we can then arrange the arrival day and can take a payment securely over the phone using a bank card.
Delivery Information For Tanganyikan & Malawi Cichlids
We offer a UK wide, next day delivery service.
We make every effort possible to ensure that our Tanganyikan and Malawi cichlids are packed to the highest of standards and 99% of consignments arrive on time and in good condition but sometimes events occur that are out of our control, any losses incurred during shipping will require photographic proof before replacement is agreed.
Current standard cost is £25.00 for a single box. (£30.00 per box Scottish Lowlands, £35.00 Scottish Highlands) Extra boxes are charged per additional Kilo thereafter.
Delivery days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Consignments can arrive any time between 8-12pm therefore customers must ensure they are at home ready to recieve the delivery during those times.
Fish are double bagged and packed inside polystyrene shipping boxes. We use pure oxygen when bagging up stock and during cooler weather heat packs are used to keep the boxes warm (pretty much most of the year!)
Due to the efforts we put into shipping our fish correctly the minimum shipment value is £75.00 worth of live stock.
All fish are starved for 24hrs before shipping and we require 48hrs notice before orders are shipped.
During cold weather periods we reserve the right to hold back consignments until the weather improves.
We encourage all customers to visit and collect their fish in person, a drive home with your fish is far less stressful for them than an overnight journey via a courier company.
Sensitive Tanganyikan Species
Certain Lake Tanganyikan species are more sensitive to being shipped than others so the following groups are only shipped under the understanding that it is at the customers own risk,
Useful Information about our Tanganyikan & Malawi Cichlids
We keep our Tanganyikan and Malawi cichlids in individually filtered tanks and do not use centralised systems or UV sterilisation.
Water conditions in our tanks are maintained at a pH of 7.8-8.0 with a temperature of 26C.
Our fish are fed on Tropical brand fish food which we stock and sell.
Acclimatisation of new Tanganyikan & Malawi Cichlids into your aquarium
When your new Tanganyikan or Malawi cichlids arrive after a long journey it's important not to rush them into their new tank. We've found that using a container and a slow flow of water from the main tank is the best way to acclimatise fish to their new water conditions.
Whilst in transit the fish will excrete waste products such as ammonia and carbon dioxide which will build up in the water. This will begin to slowly bring down the pH of the water so that by the time the fish arrive the pH may well have dropped several degrees.
So even if you have adjusted the pH in your aquarium to match the water these fish originated in the bagging water will now be different.
To manage this change back into good water a plastic bucket or container can be used along with a length of airline.
Gently empty the fish into the plastic container with their bagging water.
Remove most of the bagging water and just leave enough to cover the fish.
Take a length of airline tubing and begin to siphon water from the aquarium into the bucket.
Control the flow using an airline clamp or by tying a looped knot in the airline.
Adjust the water flow so it enters very slowly over the space of 40-60mins so that the remaining volume of bagging water is diluted 4-5 times by the new water.
After this time the fish will be ready to be netted and moved to their new quarters.
If the fish begin to look distressed then you can adjust the flow.
You can also use an air stone to add gentle aeration to the water whilst the fish are being acclimatised.
If you receive the fish and their bagging water is very cold then you can float the bags before hand in the main tank to warm them before using the above technique.
Do not add the shipping water to your tank as it will contain high levels of dissolved waste!
Once the fish are ready gently net and and release them into their new home.
Quarantine for newly arrived Tanganyikan & Malawi Cichlids
It's always best practice to place any new fish into a quarantine tank before being added to an already stocked and established tank. Fish that have been moved from one tank to another especially with a long journey in-between are more prone to illness due to the stress of being handled and moved.
We recommend a quarantine period of 2-3 weeks so that the fish are allowed to rest and recuperate. Any resulting health issues can then be resolved whilst the fish are away from your main stock tank.
A quarantine tank is just a seperate tank with a heater, filter and cover. The decor can be sparse and a substrate is not necessary. This all aids for better observation of the new fish so you can spot any health issues more easily. Whilst in quarantine your new fish can adjust to your water parameters and feeding regimes so when later introduced to the main tank all they have to cope with is their new tank mates. This will reduce the amount of stress they are placed under and therefore decrease the risks of any disease outbreaks.
Once the fish are ready to go into there new tank we also advise to remove and then re-arrange the tanks decor so that territorial fish can be disrupted therefore allowing the new fish an easier time settling into their new surroundings.
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